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Kalvin Phillips: West Ham sign Man City midfielder on loan for rest of season with no option to buy

Kalvin Phillips completes a loan move from Man City to West Ham; the midfielder has made 31 appearances for Man City since a £45m transfer from Leeds in July 2022; Pep Guardiola admitted in December he cannot envisage the England midfielder in his team

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The best of Kalvin Phillips for Manchester City and Leeds United in the Premier League

Kalvin Phillips has completed a loan move to West Ham from Manchester City until the end of the season.

Phillips has made 31 appearances for City since a £45m transfer from Leeds in July 2022 and Pep Guardiola admitted in December he cannot envisage the England midfielder in his team.

The 28-year-old leaves the Etihad on a temporary basis and there is no option for West Ham to sign him permanently in the summer.

Image: Phillips has joined West Ham on loan for the rest of the season

West Ham will pay a loan fee and cover Phillips' salary for the duration of his time at the London Stadium.

"I'm really pleased to be here," said Phillips after his signing was confirmed.

"There's always been a lot of speculation about me moving to West Ham, so I'm really excited to get going now. There's so much to look forward to in the second half of the season for the club and I can't wait to be part of it.

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Gary Neville feels Phillips would boost his chances of playing at Euro 2024 with a loan move to West Ham United

"There's an unbelievable group here and if I can come in and add the quality that I know I'm capable of, I'm sure we can give the West Ham fans plenty to be excited about between now and the end of the season."

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David Moyes added: "We are really pleased to bring a player of Kalvin's quality to West Ham United.

"We've been big admirers of him for a long time and we believe that he will add strength and competition to our squad.

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Speaking on the Transfer Talk podcast, David Ornstein explains Manchester City's approach to the Phillips deal and whether questions can be asked about the recruitment of the player

"Kalvin is an England international midfielder, with proven Premier League experience - we're excited to welcome him into the group and look forward to working with him."

Phillips flew back on Tuesday from Manchester City's warm-weather training camp in Abu Dhabi with the rest of the squad and completed his medical with the Hammers on Thursday.

Crystal Palace and Newcastle also made contact with City about a deal this month, while Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus were also understood to be interested.

Image: Phillips' career stats in the Premier League for Man City

Phillips has not managed a single start in the Premier League this season having started just twice last term.

Guardiola revealed before the window that he cannot find a place in his side for the 28-year-old, who has made four league appearances this season, saying: "I visualise the team and I struggle to see him."

Why Phillips still has plenty to offer

Sky Sports features writer Nick Wright:

"Kalvin Phillips was billed as a Fernandinho replacement with the attributes to slot into Manchester City's midfield. Instead, his signing will go down as a rare recruitment error by the champions.

"Phillips was mostly a spectator as Pep Guardiola's side powered to the treble last season. The new campaign has brought more of the same. In total, he has made six starts in 18 months, playing only seven per cent of available Premier League minutes.

Kalvin Phillips warms up before kick-off

"Such a prolonged period out of favour would normally be a red flag to any suitors. But the circumstances are unique at the Etihad Stadium. Guardiola's demands are as high as they come - particularly in the No 6 position, where he can already call on Rodri.

"City remain dependent on the Spaniard. This season, they have lost all three of the Premier League games he has missed, their struggles without him showing why, when he is available, he invariably starts.

"Phillips was determined to change Guardiola's mind, insisting on staying last summer and fighting for his place. But it was telling that, even when Rodri was unavailable in the first half of the campaign, Phillips was overlooked. The writing was on the wall."

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Neville: It's a good move for Phillips

Gary Neville speaking on The Gary Neville Podcast:

"I think it's a good fit. I can see why David Moyes would want Kalvin Phillips - that reliability in midfield. They lost Declan Rice last summer so it'll improve West Ham and it's a good move for West Ham.

"It's a good move for Kalvin Phillips because he needs to be guaranteed to play. Gareth Southgate likes him and trusts him, and he wants him playing so he can get him back in the team. It's not a position England are blessed with lots of options.

"When City sign somebody it doesn't always work straightaway and what ordinarily happens is that Pep Guardiola within 18 months to two years makes it work. [Riyad] Mahrez, Rodri had slow starts but when you look at Phillips, and let's say he took the place of Rodri, and he's in there alongside Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne, you've got to be an exceptional player to play in that team.

"There's this theory that goes around that an average player can play in a great team because they will be carried by the rest of the players - that isn't the case. You'd stand out a million miles if you couldn't cope with the ability and the quick speed of the player. That's what's happened to Phillips a little bit at City - it's all a little bit too quick for him. You've got to have eyes in the back of your head, receive it on the half-turn and be absolutely brilliant technically.

"Pep asks so much of his central midfield players and it's just not quite worked out, but that's fine. We know he's a really good pro, a really good player and I think it's a good move for West Ham and for Phillips. The most important thing is he gets four to five months of football for England and for himself; just purely to get his career back on track.

"I think he will be in the frame [to start at the Euros], if he can continue to stay fit and plays for West Ham."

Follow the January transfer window

The winter transfer window is open and will close at 11pm in England and 11.30pm in Scotland on Thursday February 1.

To ensure harmonisation with the major leagues in Europe, the closing dates were set following discussions with the EFL, DFL, Serie A, LaLiga, and LFP, who will all close their summer and winter windows on 1 September and 1 February respectively.

Keep up to date with all the latest transfer news and rumours in our dedicated Transfer Centre blog on Sky Sports' digital platforms, while you can also catch up with the ins, outs and analysis on Sky Sports News, including daily transfer shows, and listen to our Transfer Talk podcast.

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